Ed.D. ITEC Advanced Track (Technology Leadership)


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Program Overview

The Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Advanced Track is fully online and designed for educators who currently hold or aspire to hold a technology leadership position at the school, district, or state level. The Ed.D. is intended to deepen and broaden the educational technology leadership knowledge and skills of candidates. The program is based on the ISTE Standards for Technology Directors and the CoSN Framework of Essential Skills for K-12 CTOs.

Today's educational technology leaders are known by many different titles such as Technology Director, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). No matter the title, educational technology leaders have dual leadership roles--both instructional and technical--and according to CoSN, these roles encompass a broad range of skills including:

  • creating a vision for the role of technology;
  • implementing strategic planning and policy development;
  • having an understanding of teaching and learning, assessment, and professional development;
  • managing technology and support resources; and
  • possessing the political and interpersonal skills to effectively work with all stakeholders.

The Ed.D. in Instructional Technology will prepare you for these roles and challenge you to grow as an educational technology leader!

Transfer Credit

Students who complete their Ed.S. in Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University may apply up to 15 hours of their Ed.S. to the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology. Students who have completed their Ed.S. at other institutions within the last 5 years may have their transcripts analyzed to receive transfer credit toward the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology at KSU.

Chalk & Wire Account

All students must purchase a Chalk & Wire account (~$82) online from the KSU Bookstore if they do not already have an active account.

Program of Study

Core (15 hours)

  • EDUC 8100 Advanced Study of Learning
  • EDRS 8100 Qualitative I 
  • EDRS 8200 Quantitative I 
  • EDRS 9000 Conceptual Frameworks & Research Design

  • EDRS 9100 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
    EDRS 9200  Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Advanced Technology Leadership Track (21 hours)

  • ITEC 8510 Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • ITEC 8520 Supporting Technology Infrastructure in Schools & Districts
  • ITEC 8530 Technology Leadership & Strategic Planning
  • ITEC 8540 Business Management & Staffing for Technology Programs
  • ITEC 8550 Designing & Evaluating Professional Learning
  • ITEC 8560 Digital Citizenship in Education
  • ITEC 8570 Managing Data Systems in Schools & Districts

Advanced ITEC Courses (12 hours): 

  • ITEC 9100 Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Instructional Technology
  • ITEC 9400 Research & Theory in Instructional Technology.
  • For the remaining 6 credit hours, candidates may select from any 7000, 8000 or 9000 level ITEC courses approved by advisor.

Guided Electives (9 hours)

  • Guided electives selected with consulation of advisor. 

Dissertation (9 hours)

  • ITEC 9900 Dissertation Credit

Total - 66 hours

Admission Requirements:

Expected qualifications for applicants to be considered for admission will typically include:

  1. An earned master’s degree in education or a closely-related field.
  2. A teaching certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent (for non-Georgia or non-certified individuals). The Department of Instructional Technology recognizes and appreciates that many charter, independent schools, IE2, and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification.  In such instances, the Department will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator's qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
  3. At least three years of professional teaching or administrative experience (or a combination thereof), or a related role serving B-12 education (To facilitate candidates’ field experiences, current full-time employment as a professional educator is preferred.).
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GPA and GRE will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged to prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note:  The Analytical/Writing score one receives as part of the GRE exam is used competitively in the admission review process.  GRE scores must be from within the last five years. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.

How do I Apply

Please gather your teaching certificate, evaluation form, mentor form, and resume before applying so you can upload these documents before submitting your application.

  1. Complete the Online Graduate Application.
  2. Submit GRE Scores from within the last five years.
  3. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Bachelor's degree with at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

    Official transcripts can be e-mailed directly from the institution to KSU at ksugrad@kennesaw.edu or maileddirectly from the institution to KSU at the address below:

    Kennesaw State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3391 Town Point Drive
    Mailbox #9109
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

  4. Obtain and submit a copy of your Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com. The Department of IT recognizes and appreciates that many independent schools and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification. In such instances, the Department will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator's qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
  5. Obtain ONE Evaluation from a school level administrator when you are completing your online application. From the Recommendations tab, you will enter the name and email address for the school administrator who will complete your evaluation form. An invitation to the online evaluation form will be automatically sent via email to the administrator listed.
  6. Obtain and submit ONE Mentor Form
    This should be from a current administrator, Instructional Lead Teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, media specialist, teacher, etc. at the building or district levels with instructional technology knowledge and experience.
    (form provided above). 
  7. Obtain and submit a Professional Resume documenting statement of purpose, education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect, at least, ONE year of teaching experience.
  8. Write and submit a Professional Reflections Statement. Write a 1-3 single-spaced professional reflections statement which addresses the following questions: Why are you interested in the field of instructional technology? Why are you interested in pursuing a doctoral degree? What are your career plans after completing your Ed.D. degree? What areas of research are you interested in exploring and/or conducting? Which faculty members would you be most interested in working with in regards to your research and/or career goals?
  9. Submit a copy of the Transfer Credit Request Form if applicable.
  10. International Applicants Only: Please contact 770-499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to the Graduate International Admissions page: http://graduate.kennesaw.edu/admissions/apply/international-students.php

We are currently accepting applications for the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology - Advanced Track for a Fall 2020 cohort. If you are a Georgia public school educator, you must have certification in Instructional Technology to be eligible for the Ed.D. Advanced Track program and add the upgrade to your certificate. Click to begin the Online Graduate Application.


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Contact Us

For more information please email the Ed.D. Advanced Track Program Coordinator, Dr. Julie Moore at jmoor151@kennesaw.edu or call the Department office at (470) 578-3262.